Updated: Friday 17 April 2015, 19:47


Syngenta earns 2015 INFORMS Edelman Prize

Syngenta earns 2015 INFORMS Edelman Prize

Syngenta, which uses analytics and operations research to improve food supplies to an increasingly crowded planet, won the 2015 Franz Edelman Award for Achievement in Operations Research and the Management Sciences. The award is sponsored by the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), the leading association for analytics professionals. Read more

Chevron wins INFORMS Prize for analytics excellence

Chevron wins INFORMS Prize for analytics excellence

The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), the leading association for analytics professionals, presented its 2015 INFORMS Prize for excellence in analytics and operations research to Chevron Corporation for its long and innovative history of applying analytics and operations research across the breadth of the worldwide energy company. Read more

UBC’s Sauder School of Business receives UPS Prize

INFORMS awarded its prestigious UPS George D. Smith Prize to the Centre for Operations Excellence at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business. The UPS George D. Smith Prize is awarded to an academic department or program for effective and innovative preparation of students seeking to be practitioners of operations research. It is accompanied by a $10,000 cash award. Read more

IBM, partners seek to transform personal health with Watson Health Cloud

IBM, partners seek to transform personal health with Watson Health Cloud

To dramatically advance the quality and effectiveness of personal healthcare, IBM is establishing a Watson Health Cloud that will provide a secure and open platform for physicians, researchers, insurers and companies focused on health and wellness solutions. The HIPAA-enabled Watson Health Cloud will enable secure access to individualized insights and a more complete picture of the many factors that can affect people’s health. Read more

Gartner: Government must flip from legacy to digital systems

The heavy presence of legacy technologies in government is hampering CIOs’ efforts to digitize their organizations, according to a survey by Gartner. The 2015 CIO Agenda surveyed more than 2,800 CIOs worldwide on their top digital business opportunities, threats and strategies and includes responses from 343 government CIOs. Read more

New NSF program to fund service, manufacturing, operations-related research

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Engineering recently announced a new program to more effectively and efficiently fund research on service and manufacturing enterprises, and foundational operations research topics, called the Service, Manufacturing and Operations Research (SMOR) program. Read more

Analytics Section of INFORMS News

Student Analytical Scholarship winners announced

Jodie Lam, who is pursuing a master's degree in management/operations research at the University of British Columbia, was named the winner of the Student Analytical Scholar Competition sponsored by the Analytics Section of INFORMS and supported by SAS. Read more

Conference Updates

Healthcare Conference: Section Past President Don Kleinmuntz and Treasurer Tarun Mohan Lal are organizing an analytics cluster of sessions/presentations at the upcoming INFORMS Healthcare Conference in Nashville, Tenn., July 29-31. The cluster will have speakers from several healthcare provider organizations and vendor groups. Read more

INFORMS Initiatives

Analytics Maturity Model: Check strengths, weaknesses to improve

The new INFORMS Analytics Maturity Model (AMM) is proving to be a reliable self-assessment tool for analytics experts who want to determine how well their organizations gain the benefits of analytics. AMM allows you to input data about your organization – data is double encrypted to ensure security – rank your use of analytics on a 10-point scale and reuse the model to do comparisons over time. Read more

Certification informational webinar series

Because the question asked most often about INFORMS’ Certified Analytics Professional (CAP®) program is, “How do I prepare?”, CAP volunteers and staff developed a series of webinars designed to increase candidate awareness of the exam content. The webinar series began in December 2014 and ended in February. During this period, a new webinar was delivered every two weeks on the INFORMS channel of BrightTalk (www.brighttalk.com). The webinars follow a similar format; each provides an introduction, about 50 minutes of presentation and a Q&A segment. Read more

Industry News

Frontline Systems’ RASON, REST API make advanced analytics easy in Web, mobile apps

Frontline Systems has launched a free public beta version of its new RASON™ modeling language and REST API at https://rason.com. Application developers can sign up for free accounts to use the language and REST API service, to create compact analytic models that “live” in any mobile app or Web page, solve them easily in the cloud and get back results. Read more

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The "Web First" section features articles that will appear in upcoming issues of Analytics magazine.



June 14-17
CORS - INFORMS Joint International Meeting
Le Centre Sheraton, Montreal

July 29-31
INFORMS Healthcare 2015
Nashville, Tenn.


April 20
2015 Analytics Applications Summit

Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, Harrisburg, Pa. (Free event)


ryan pellet

“Unstructured data consists largely of interactions; it’s all those angry or pleasant customer phone calls, the thousands of emailed questions, the Facebook wall posts and tweets directed toward a company. Despite being told otherwise by big data experts, most business practitioners see unstructured data as largely useless. … The problem is, they are missing one of the most important parts of the calls: why the customer was calling.”

– Ryan Pellet, chief strategy officer of Nexidia, in his Executive Edge article in the March/April issue of Analytics magazine.

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